The world's leading specialists in the distribution of fine art, cultural and historical media for reproduction. Rights managed, managed right.
Founded in 1972, Bridgeman Images works with museums, galleries, collections and artists to provide a central resource of fine art and archive footage for reproduction to creative professionals. Every subject, concept, style and medium is represented, from the masterpieces of national museums to the hidden treasures of private collections.
Spanning centuries of visual communication, photographic reproductions of paintings, sculpture, textiles, maps and anthropological artefacts can all be found in the collection as well as newer forms of media including early photography, newsreels and documentaries.
High resolution images and clips are accessible for users all over the world; each one has been meticulously catalogued with industry leading metadata and key-word functions to give a search experience that is second-to-none for professionals and novices alike.
Dreams, c.1861 (w/c, bodycolour and gum over graphite on card) (see 133888) by Burton, Sir Frederick William (1816-1900)
The Lemon, 1880 (oil on canvas) by Manet, Edouard
Our images are used in hundreds of different ways. From book covers to advertising campaigns, interior design to editorial content as well as websites, mobile apps and more.
Our website allows you to explore the collection in depth with quick and advanced search facilities. We also provide a full research service whereby our researchers can select images and clips to suit your requirements.
Exciting new content is being added to our website every day. Can't find what you are looking for? Contact our offices in London, Paris, New York and Berlin and we will work with our partner museums and archives to source what you need.
Information for artists and galleries
For over forty years, Bridgeman Images has provided a service for artists and artists' estates, clearing copyright and reproduction rights on their behalf.
Bridgeman Images represents thousands of image suppliers - more than any other agency - including:
Often, we photograph their work specifically to make their images available for reproduction. Bridgeman pioneered the model of returning a percentage of licensed income to partner image suppliers to help them conserve and exhibit their works.
Small Yellow Bird, 2001 (oil on canvas) by Aitchison, Craigie (b.1926)
An Hour at Ower, Hampshire, 1914 by Augustus Edwin John (1878-1961)/ Private Collection
The Bridgeman Artists' Copyright Service (BACS)
The Bridgeman Artists' Copyright Service is a service to artists and their estates to administer their copyright and sell reproduction licenses for their work. Our clients benefit from being able to pay in a single transaction for a reasonably priced license for both artist and photographic copyright.
Bridgeman Copyright Artists & Estates
Artists and their estates join BACS in order to take advantage of our expertise and commercial awareness. Working with Bridgeman gives them the unique ability to have their copyright licensing policed and their images promoted to our international client base.
Some artists place a selection of images with us and grant us rights to license those specific images at our discretion. Others place their whole copyright with us for administration. This flexibility in working with artists' differing preferences has allowed us to build up a body of images that clients find compelling.
Bridgeman Contemporary Artists
New artists at the forefront of the art scene, yet with commercial appeal, are being sourced all the time and can rely on us to ensure their art work is used in an ethical, sensitive way without being involved in the process - meaning less hassle for image buyers.
Over 600 contemporary artists with over 17,000 works
Easy image clearance - copyright cleared on your behalf
'One stop shop' for image buyers - from image selection to licensing and rights
Park Group I, 1990 (oil on canvas) by Schwartz, Daniel Bennett (Contemporary Artist)
"It's quite unusual for us to source an entire calendar from a single library but Bridgeman is such a complete resource, we didn't need to look elsewhere."
- Vicky Chesterman � WHSmith
Leisure Hours, 1684 (oil on canvas) by Sir John Everett Millais (1829-96)/ The Detroit Institute of Arts, USA/ Founders Society Purchase, R.H. Tannahill Foundation fund
Museums & Collections
For over forty years Bridgeman Images has been working with museums from around the world. From large museums to galleries, historical societies to universities, many of the treasures in these collections had never been made readily accessible to a wider audience until they were photographed specifically for Bridgeman to make available for reproduction. As with the artists we represent, Bridgeman passes along 50% of the reproduction fee back to the museum or collection in order to provide vital revenue for conservation and future exhibitions.
Our ambition: to make the best of the world's art available for reproduction while supporting museums, artists and collections
How we do this
Through the size and range of our image collection: from cave painting to contemporary art, hundreds of thousands of images covering every theme and period, from collections throughout the world
Through our team of expert picture researchers, who offer creative input and practical experience to help our customers find and license the right image
We provide vital revenue for museums and art owners, helping them to conserve and exhibit their works for everyone to enjoy
Hare, 1502 (w/c on paper) by Durer or Duerer, Albrecht (1471-1528)
Parau Api (What's New?) 1892 (oil on canvas) by Gauguin, Paul (1848-1903)
How it works
Museums and public and private collections throughout the world trust Bridgeman Images to administer the licensing of their works
We work with the owners to create high quality reproductions of their works, using the latest technology to create images that are easy to work with and accurately catalogued
As our collection grows, our experts use their experience and judgement to select from Bridgeman's vast resource, working with our customers to help them find the right image
Once an image is chosen, we arrange watertight reproduction licensing simply and quickly, and offer free advice on how to clear artist's copyright if additional permission is needed
Where we work with the owner of the work being reproduced we pass on 50% of the reproduction fee to help maintain the world's great art and make it accessible
We are involved at every stage so that we can achieve our ambition to make the best of the world's art available for reproduction. We also lobby for legislation on behalf of rights owners and licensees to make the process even more efficient.